Grab a chair and try this killer Pop Physique leg and butt workout. Nope. You don't get to sit down: the chair will work as your in-home ballet barre. The moves in this ballet-inspired workout might be small, but they are mighty effective. All that pulsing pays off with a toned derriere and legs. Press play and get ready to feel the burn.
Fitting everything into one workout can be time consuming — unless you know the right moves. Most of these exercises work two to three major muscle groups at the same time, helping you finish your session sooner. Scroll through and pick the top pairs — or trios — that you want to focus on the most, and get moving!
With the power of Pop Physique, you can work the entire body in 10 minutes! Grab a chair, but don't think for a minute that you get to sit down: it's just a prop that will work as your in-home ballet barre. Press play, and get ready to feel the burn in your glutes, core, quads, and just about everywhere else.
A classic move, the pretzel is a foundation exercise for toning the derriere. Barre and Pilates utilize the move to lift up the backside and also to shape the surrounding areas like the lower back. It's a highly effective tool when set up correctly, so let's go over the basics.
- Start with one leg in front and one leg back. Place your front shin in line with the mat, and check that your knee is directly in front of your hip, resulting in a 90-degree angle. Your back knee should be behind the edge of the mat at a 45-degree angle.
- Place your hands on the floor in front of you; one hand should lay flat in front of the ankle while the opposite hand frames the outside of the knee.
- Shift your weight to the center, and keep your shoulders and hips square. You want your chest to stay in the same line as your front thigh.
- Once you feel stable, lift your back leg up as high as you can while keeping your core and glutes engaged. Pulse your leg up as a whole, leading it with the knee for about 15-20 reps. Then lower your leg back to the starting position. For added challenge, keep your leg suspended and wrap your knee toward the opposite side for 15-20 more reps. Combining both movements will increase the burn! Hands are optional. Repeat on the other side.
Now that you have the move down, learn why the pretzel is key to feeling comfortable in your spandex after the break!